Detroit man charged in Flint triple murder - WNEM TV 5

Detroit man charged in Flint shooting that killed 3, wounded 1

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has charged a Detroit man in Wednesday's triple murder in Flint.

James Paul Simpkins, 20, is charged with three counts of open murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of felony firearm.

The shooting happened early Wednesday morning on Tacken Street near Court Street.

According to police, Simpkins was at the house with two men, one of whom they believe to be his brother, and two women. Police said the group had been drinking and getting high before an argument started.

Police said Simpkins pulled out a gun and shot the other four people.

Two men and a woman were killed.

The other woman who survived, Jacinta Mills of Detroit, was shot twice in the groin, pistol whipped and strangled until she passed out.

When she regained consciousness, she fled the home through a window and went to a neighbor's home for help.

Investigators said Simpkins fled the scene and called police saying he had just been assaulted and his brother and another person killed.

As police responded to the area, the suspect walked towards them and was arrested.

Leyton said all five people involved were from Detroit.

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